This epic opera follows Virgil, beginning as the Greeks appear to have ceded the field after ten years of the Trojan War. Cassandra tries to warn of the terrible fate to come, but fate is ... See full summary »

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Susan Graham ...
Anna Caterina Antonacci ...
Gregory Kunde ...
Ludovic Tézier ...
Chorèbe
Laurent Naouri ...
Narbal
Renata Pokupic ...
Anna
Lydia Korniordou ...
Hippolyte Lykavieris ...
Mark Padmore ...
Iopas
Stéphanie d'Oustrac ...
Ascanius
Topi Lehtipuu ...
Hylas / Helenus
Nicolas Testé ...
Panthus
Fernand Bernardi ...
René Schirrer ...
Danielle Bouthillon ...
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This epic opera follows Virgil, beginning as the Greeks appear to have ceded the field after ten years of the Trojan War. Cassandra tries to warn of the terrible fate to come, but fate is set and Troy falls. The first two acts cover this tragic end, then the flight of survivors to Carthage and events at Carthage continue in acts 3 - 5, culminating in the further voyage for Italy and Rome. This is Virgil's classic epic, in operatic form, in about a three and a half hour performance from French Opera.

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Really is an outstanding production
15 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Really one of the best productions of any of Berlioz's operas I've seen, and I do prefer it to the thrillingly sung but drab 1983 Met production with Norman, Troyanos and Domingo. Visually, it is much more interesting, traditional and classical in colour and beautiful whether in brown-grey or white-blue shades, and the staging is always involving and never dull. Musically, the production really blew my socks off, the orchestral playing are thrilling in sound, especially the brass, and John Elliot Gardiner's conducting boasts a efficiently-moving and intelligent reading. The chorus are wonderfully precise also. The performances are really of a high standard. Anna Caterina Antonacci sings powerfully and with such immense stage presence and dramatic commitment and Susan Graham is a firm and dramatically thrilling Dido. I did worry that Gregory Kunde's Bel Canto voice would not be up to Aeneas, but he sings with great ring and is appropriately heroic. Ludovic Tezier is also very good as Hector, he has great diction and a handsome voice, more eye contact perhaps would have made his performance even better. Mark Padmore and Topi Lehtipu sing their respective arias beautifully, and Laurent Naouri also impresses. On the whole, a really outstanding production of one of the best examples of grand opera. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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